The multi-author book is devoted to research challenges of regulatory role of trust and distrust in social life, that is for the first time considered to be the factor of civil society shaping. This book represents analysis of theoretical and methodological problems of trust and distrusts research, provides the research results on the role of trust in civil society life, particularly, cultural peculiarities of trust in this society. In distinct sections trust is supposed to be the factor of economic development, as well as the basis of social capital. The final section is devoted to the new research trend that is trust or distrust to social-technical systems, mass media and advertising. This multi-author book will be of use to scientists of social sciences, economics, psychology and the wide range of researchers of the humanities, particularly, philosophers, culture experts and political scientists. It contains a lot of theoretical, methodological and practical developments, that will allow to forecast future changes in trust and distrust in society and eventually make the process of shaping the trust culture in civil society more manageable.
In connection with a number of significant events that took place in May 2018, the HSE research group offers readers a special edition of the Eurasian Panorama devoted to the analysis of the four directions of Eurasian integration.
On May 14, 2018, at the summit of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, Moldova became the first country to be granted the status of an observer state with the EAEU. What gives such a status, in what conditions was it granted and what can be done to fill it with content?
On May 17, 2018, at the Astana Economic Forum, two strategic agreements were signed: one on the establishment of a temporary free trade area with Iran, and one on trade and economic cooperation with China. What is the essence of and are the differences between these agreements, and what will they give to the Eurasian business community?
From May 23 to May 26, 2018, the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum was held. This year the main topic of the business forum was the digital economy, including, in Eurasian integration. How to correctly implement the digitalization of the Eurasian Union?
In addition, the Eurasian Economic Commission made public the results of the first two years of participation of Armenia and Kyrgyzstan in the Eurasian Economic Union, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna (Austria) presented research papers on the harmonization of technical regulation systems, increasing foreign direct investment and developing transport communications between the EU and the EAEU.
These topics are covered in detail in this special issue.
This month is also exactly four years from May 29, 2014 - the date of signing the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union. We have the honor to congratulate you on this anniversary!